2018 Status Report on Engineering Education

June 16, 2019

Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, this APLU report examines trends in engineering degrees conferred at national and institutional levels to determine areas of growth among various groups, changes in racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in engineering, and which colleges and universities graduate a larger number of underrepresented groups in specific engineering disciplines.

Careers in engineering encompass a variety of occupations that spur the creation of new ideas, advance technology, and are essential to a globally competitive economy and national defense. Increasing the number of Americans studying and pursuing careers in engineering is essential to the preceding points. Shortages in meeting employment demands exist in the number of U.S. citizens earning undergraduate and advanced degrees in engineering fields essential to economic growth and national security such as systems engineers, cyber security, software developers, materials science engineering, and Ph.D.’s in nuclear and electrical engineering.

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